Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Peter 4:9
Well, I blew that one. A couple weeks ago, I shared with Husband and the Littles around the supper table my intent to host 31 Days of Outrageous Hospitality. Get this, not twelve hours later I was bitching about breakfast. Nice, huh?
I don’t remember the exact words I said as the Littles arrived sleepily in the kitchen hoping for something warm to break the overnight fast. I was already distracted (at 6:30 AM!!) and I muttered something to the tune of, “get your own breakfast.”
Seriously? I’ve made breakfast for the Littles nearly everyday of their lives and the day after I decide to write about hospitality THIS is how I greet the ones I love the most.
It’s going to be a long month of learning, friends.
Hospitality is a condition of the heart, not the home. My children didn’t give two flips about what kind of breakfast I served (as long as there was no visible spinach). They were just sleepy, hungry, and wanted a meal. Actually, what they wanted was ME. But, I ruined it. Before the sun even lit the sky, I had already been about as inhospitable as I could be.
I want this month to be real for us, friends. It’s one thing to have head knowledge and talk theoretically about what hospitality might look like. But I’m praying we’ll actually make meaningful changes in our everyday lives as we learn to offer hospitality. So, I spent some time thinking about that morning and what I could have done differently. For me, it hinged on one word – distraction. Which begs the question,
“What was I doing at 6:30 am that was so important that I was already distracted?”
Remember how Ludmilla has the ministry of presence? I wasn’t present for my family that morning. Wanna know where I was? Already busy on my iPhone. Texting carpool changes, emailing the updated volleyball game schedule, and yes, even seeing what everyone else was having for breakfast on Instagram. All those things could have waited 30 minutes when Husband and the Littles left for the day.
We have a basket on the entry hall table for cell phones. For a while I was really good about putting all our devices there, allowing ALL of us the opportunity to unplug and be present during meals and family time. The basket has been empty lately. I’m going to bring back the iBasket and collect all our iDevices that suck the i out of our lives.
I’ll let you know if getting rid of just one distraction frees up space in my heart and life so that I can offer hospitality at home.
To kick it up a notch and make things outrageous, I’m sharing a simple and favorite breakfast recipe. Make this Overnight French Toast the day before you want to serve it, allowing for more time to be present and hospitable at 6:30 in the morning.
Day #3 Table Talk: What ONE thing could you do this week to make space for Outrageous Hospitality?
- ¼ cup butter, room temp
- 12 slices French bread
- 6 eggs
- 1½ cups milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x12 baking pan. Arrange bread slices in the pan.
- Beat eggs, milk, sugar, syrup, vanilla, and salt. Pour the mixture over the bread. Turn bread slices to coat. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Turn bread slices over and continue baking until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup or jam and fresh berries.